Tessa Schwartz (Vocals, Fiddle)
Tessa Schwartz, 14, is the band’s fiddler, highest harmony singer and lead raconteur. Tessa picked up the fiddle at age 5 and played with her family bluegrass band, Oak Grove, for several years, before joining another successful youth bluegrass band, 35 Years of Trouble. She’s already been featured on three full-length CD’s, has performed on live radio numerous times, and has played with each of her bands at the California Bluegrass Association (CBA)’s Father’s Day Festival, starting at the age of 6. Tessa, along with bandmates Ida and Daisy, will be representing the CBA’s Youth Program at the International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass convention. She teaches private lessons during the school year, and for several years has taught at Fiddlekids, a summer fiddle camp in Berkeley. Tessa is also a budding funk and jazz violinist; she has played in Joe Bagale’s funk ensemble at the California Jazz Conservatory for several years, and she will be one of the few violinists in the storied Berkeley High School Jazz Program when she enters the school in Fall 2018. She has also performed with artists such as the Montclair Women’s Big Band and Cosa Nostra Strings through Jazz in the Neighborhood’s Emerging Artists program, and she has been invited to play at the 2019 Whale and Jazz Festival in Gualala as that festival’s “Youth Discovery” artist.
When not playing music, Tessa can be found playing with her dog Easton, performing in theatre productions, and watching standup comedy specials on Netflix. Tessa enjoys writing and performing improv, standup, and sketch comedy, and she incorporates humor into her emceeing whenever her bandmates will allow.